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Advice from Alexander Rybak, Łukasz Dyczko & Sheku Kanneh-Mason!

Norway's Alexander Rybak at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest
Norway's Alexander Rybak at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest
Photo by: Thomas Hanses
Posted 23 August 2018 at 16:29

The names Alexander Rybak, Łukasz Dyczko and Sheku Kanneh-Mason might ring a bell. One has won the Eurovision Song Contest, the other has won Eurovision Young Musicians and the third has performed at the most recent royal wedding.

The three musicians talk about their careers in classical music and give our 2018 participants some good advice.

Alexander Rybak

Alexander is still very young when he enters the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 with Fairytale, a song written and composed by himself. With Fairytale, Alexander becomes a household name across Europe after winning the Grand Final. With a total of 387 points, his victory marks the highest recorded score in the history of the contest at that time. The song went on to top the charts in many European countries, and his album Fairytales was released in 25 countries. It also put the violin back in the spotlight, as this instrument plays a very important role in the song.
Almost ten years after his first participation, Norway's most recent winner returns to the Eurovision Song Contest after winning the national selection, Melodi Grand Prix. Alexander's That's How You Write A Song qualifies for the Grand Final in Lisbon, where he ranks 15th, scoring 144 points. Just like Fairtyle he wrote and composed the song himself. And yet again: the violin is in the spotlights!
His advice for our young musicians: "Listen to your teacher to gain professional weight, be patient, and do not forget to cultivate your specialties. And of course, always write down your ideas!"

Łukasz Dyczko

Łukasz is the winner of the previous edition of Eurovision Young Musicians. Representing Poland, he won the competition in 2016. Since then, almost everything has changed, he said: "I didn't think that this could be the effect of winning a television competition. After the competition I played in many famous places in Poland, frequently with an orchestra."
His advice for the finalists: "Commonly, it is said to have fun and enjoy the music. That is true. What I can add is to find yourself in the music which you are playing, to try revive every phrase. Don’t forget that the music always consists of a composer, an audience and the musicians. Finally, I recommend to not treat Eurovision Young Musicians like a contest. Stay relaxed, show your feelings and tell a story by music."

Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Sheku is a British cellist who won the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year Award. This competition started in 1978 and as a result of that success, Eurovision Young Musicians was initiated in 1982. He became world famous after his performance at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
His advice for our young musicians: "Just keep practising, and focusing on your performances and what it is you want to do. Keep listening to lots of music and different musicians."

Just like these three musicians, we wish the finalists the best of luck for tonight's Final!

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Norway's Alexander Rybak at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest
Photo by: Thomas Hanses
Contributors
JZ
Josianne Zwart